Kuala Lumpur hosted its first Organic Life festival in August this year. The two-day festival, held in the heart of Malaysia’s capital at Publika, Solaris Dutamas, brought together all those who are enthusiastic about yoga and a healthy lifestyle. It was a joint effort between Yoga Journal, the world’s largest selling wellness magazine, and yoga teachers within the Asia Pacific region.
Yoga Journal Singapore presented Atilia Haron with the ‘Yogi of the Year” award for her contribution towards improving the social status of yoga in the community in Malaysia, as well as her efforts in providing opportunities to new comers to experience and understand yoga. Atilia is an accomplished singer and songwriter, and the founder of the Yogaonethatiwant (YOTIW) chain of yoga studios, and has played an impactful role in influencing many individuals, regardless of race and religion, to open their minds to practice yoga and reap its physical and mental benefits.
Yoga Journal in Japan gives a similar award at the Organic Life Tokyo festival in Japan, which is hosted annually since 2014, to yoga practitioners who have contributed the most in influencing others to experience yoga.
“I am very thankful to receive this respected Yogi of the Year award by Yoga Journal and will continue to play my part in spreading my love for yoga to the local community,” said Atilia. “I believe that yoga has played a huge role in my life, as I learned to be a calm and balanced person through the practice. I wish for others to also experience the same joy that it gave me.”
The Organic Life KL festival took place over a weekend on Aug 25 and 25, and was held at three different locations in Publika which consisted of The Square, White Box and Black Box. Yoga enthusiasts enjoyed a program packed with yoga workshops, free community classes and a natural lifestyle market which awed patrons with natural options. This year, the festival theme ‘Come Together’ signified a unique platform for everyone to come together for an integrative mind, body and soul experience through the practice of yoga. A total of 35 yoga workshops and community classes were led by South East Asia’s finest; (in alphabetical order) Atilia Haron, Darren Chen, Dennis Koh, Foo & Junko, Hansen Lee, Hemanth Venkataram, James Wong, Jojo Struys, Mariana Sin, Nicholas Cheah, Yenny Christine and many more.
The festival was facilitated by Holistic Yoga Studio Sdn Bhd. and Yoga Journal Singapore, together with the support of a yoga studio collective in Klang Valley. Other fitness partners at the event included Fitness First, Celebrity Fitness and GuavaPass.